S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Years 7 & 8 Investigate York's Mediaeval Past

Years 7 & 8 Investigate York's Mediaeval Past

We split into three groups (comprising of Year 8 and the two Year 7 classes) and we used our time to find out about York’s medieval past. This included visits to:

  • Clifford’s Tower

Set on a tall mound in the heart of Old York, this imposing tower is almost all that remains of York Castle, which was originally built by William the Conqueror.



·         The Yorkshire Museum

The museum exhibition ‘The Capital of the North’ tells the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within the walls of York within the Mediaeval period.

·         York Minster (for Year 8 only)

York Minster is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The children had a fascinating tour here.


·         Barley Hall (Year 7 only)

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered. The children here were also able to see a special exhibit on the Black Death.

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